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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:52 PM
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Budget Passes: NOW is the time to barage facebook and social media with
links to stories that are showing how awful the Republicans are being. We need to use every tool at our disposal to shift public opinion and DU links and sharing of knowledge is how we can take back the country.

Look at it this way: If you want to change the vote of a middle-of-the-road grannie you have to make sure she sees that the Republicans are attacking her personally. Since a lot of us aren't comfortable discussing politics on facebook, etc. then you need to talk politics in a different way. You have to make the older generation who sees your facebook see stories like this:

Republicans: Let's Cut Social Security, Too http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/republican-soci... This article with a note saying, "My grandparents need their social security and medicare to survive!!" is a very powerful message that should scare any senior away from the Republicans.

Then you need the moms on your facebook to see articles like this:

Republicans vs the Children http://capecoddaily.com/blog/rebublicans-vs-the-childre... /
or : GOP Cuts: A "Guillotine Job" on the Special Olympics http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/budget-cuts-spe...

We know we can't change the attitudes of some people but what we need to do is make the moms and grandmas in our lives uncomfortable with being part of a group that would cut Special Olympics and medicine for the old or the infirm.

Developmental Disabilities, for instance, know no party. Down syndrome is very prevalent in Mormon circles so you know that when the Mormon mom of a child with Down Syndrome sees Special Olympics getting cut it most likely will make it harder for her to be super supportive of the republicans. It might not change her vote but she sure won't be sending campaign donations to the Republicans.

The same for the older generation. They are the generation with the golden parachute so they have not had to worry about their future as much. When they see their safety net being attacked they too will have trouble supporting the Republicans.

I know not everyone is not up to big political discussions...but a post saying, "Ah, c'mon Republicans, at least leave Special Olympics alone" with a link is a VERY strong message. It is even stronger when you say, "Ah, c'mon Republicans, BofA pays zero taxes on 14 Billion dollars in PROFIT and you are going to kill Special Olympics?"

I have been doing this for the past several months and I have noticed a marked change in how my friends are looking at the issues. Friends who never discussed politics are becoming quite vocal at the inequality. When my conservative friends support cuts the moms have started taking over and chewing them out.

WE, the people of DU who are taking the time to educate ourselves, need to share the best information we find with our friends and family. Nothing else is going to shift the country away from the tea party. Rupert Murdoch has the media, The right wing has the attention, all we have is knowledge.

Knowledge is worthless if you don't share it.



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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:53 PM
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1. kr
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:56 PM
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2. and the posts poo-pooing facebook will start in 5, 4, 3, 2...
I have been doing that.

And all those who stick their noses in the air about FB are not looking at what a potential tool it can be for progressives.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:52 PM
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6. Democrats need to come out on facebook... lol
Just like gay people had to step out of the closet and say, "all those anti-gay things you are saying you are saying about me" the Democrats need to step out and say, "I am a Democrat and I don't like it when the Republicans invite people to shoot me."
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:15 PM
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8. exactly!
They need to flood the damned place.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:40 PM
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10. well, help me get the word out! :0)
I should have done a better headline so more people would read the post :o(
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 08:21 AM
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21. I've been posting stuff to FB daily for quite some time
Some days, even more gets posted there than here.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:13 PM
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16. Sorry, my Facebook account is for Farmville.
Twitter is what I use to get out the message about what the republicans are doing to this country.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 12:24 AM
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26. Lol...I went to visit my mom, she disappeared and i found her playing farmville!
I drove 30 miles for her to sneak off and harvest her crops.... lol....
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:56 PM
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3. K&R
Good post!
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:58 PM
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4. I should add: do this on Twitter also!
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:57 PM
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7. I don't use twitter! it will have to be your job to start that ball rolling!
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:29 PM
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9. Neither do I
but I figured there are probably a lot of people on here who do.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:15 PM
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17. Twitter, IMO is better for links to articles.
Follow me (@Basye) and go through my list to see who's good to follow. Learn to use hashtags and you'll be amazed how busy twitter is.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 06:12 AM
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20. Maybe one of these days I'll get a twitter account.
I'm just not sure I need one more thing to eat up my time.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:49 AM
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23. If you get a twitter client (like Tweetdeck) it is easy to view both at once.
It runs separately from your browser to the side and you can filter it to your heart's content.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:48 PM
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5. From one person to the other is the best way to share
many of the concepts. This is a great idea you have. I don't really use facebook, but I agree that the network of family and friends is a wonderful way to get the word out.

This is another way to reach "The Hundredth Monkey" to continue our evolution. Go for it!
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:00 PM
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11. I'm doing my best to get the word out! :0) I need some K&Rs
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:04 AM
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22. SP, I love your enthusiasm
you are an asset to the cause.
:hug:
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:10 PM
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12. That will keep most of the people that don't vote informed. Good
deal.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:50 PM
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13. oh...my conservative family members are big time voters.
when oregon's first anti-gay initiative was pushed by this nasty right wing group the OCA. The preacher at my family's church said, "If Jesus were alive today he'd be a member of the OCA." So, when I see them starting to balk at what the Republicans are doing I know there are other people right at that tipping point.

If we can't them to be Democrats we can at least shame them away from voting republican. I'll take a pity vote in the next election!
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:55 PM
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14. I facebook share all the time...nt
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:11 PM
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15. Have you found a change in people's attitudes? A couple of my friends have gone
from never talking politics (myself included) to being really political and anti-republican. It is a beautiful thing to see!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:18 PM
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18. My favorite quip to dh is: "Since when did republicans turn into a bunch of mean shits?"
He's a very moderate conservative voter (registered independent, socially liberal). He was saying that there's no way the republicans of 30 years ago would survive in today's climate, except that many democrats have taken their place (moved to the center). He agreed w/me, we need a worker's class party.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 02:04 AM
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19. yeah, this country is a bit big for a two party system....
leads to nothing but trouble.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:39 PM
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25. I am not sure...
a couple will comment from time to time, others just read them and say nothing. I do hope that there is a change in attitudes if they need it, I post a lot of stuff that they are not going to hear/see on the M$M.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 11:51 AM
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27. yeah, but at least they get a chance to read them!
and the goal isn't to shift the right wing...it is to shift the people who are in the middle.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 12:05 PM
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28. Yes, that is my intent, to get people to read them. nt
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 11:38 AM
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24. SHARE THIS LINK: Repub wants to fire all the nurses and use baby monitors
http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/8951/drazkows...

this is another one of those stories that piss off most everybody! I put it on my facebook this morning
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